The Green Seal Standard for Soaps, Cleansers, and Shower Products, GS-44, establishes requirements for hand, hair, and body soaps and cleansers used and rinsed after use. This includes liquid and solid soap and cleansers, shampoo, conditioner, and related shower products for baby, child, adult, and professional-use.

The standard is the first standard that comprehensively addresses the health, environmental, and labeling concerns for these personal care products. For example, the standard prohibits carcinogens, such as 1,4-dioxane, and other hazardous materials commonly found in these products. In addition, this standard requires labeling of ingredient for all products and defines common claims made on these products such as natural, organic, and biobased. As a result, this standard provides a way for consumers to know that their personal care products do not contain the harmful components they are concerned about and that any claims about these products are validated.

The standard can serve as a tool to help companies begin to take action to improve their products and is available for Green Seal certification.

Latest version: Edition 4.1, July 12, 2013


In Progress: Criteria Development of New Product Category


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